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Patricia Gentile

Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy


Educator, Clinician, Program Planner 

Patricia A. Gentile, OTR/L, DPS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She completed her Doctor of Professional Studies in Occupational Therapy at NYU in 2010 and has a Master's Degree in Health Administration from Hunter College. Dr. Gentile is a graduate of the Occupational Therapy Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. 

Along with her many years of clinical experience in adult rehabilitation, Dr. Gentile has extensive experience in home health and hospital administration. Prior to coming to NYU, she served as Administrator for the Department of Surgery and the Level 1 Trauma Center at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. While Administrator, she became interested in traumatic injury prevention and has subsequently presented at conferences on the role of occupational therapy in this area. She has co-authored articles on traumatic falls in the older adult population. 

In addition to her clinical and administrative experience, Dr. Gentile has held a full-time academic appointment in the Occupational Therapy Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Throughout her career, she has also worked as an adjunct instructor throughout New York, including in the Occupational Therapy Department at NYU. Dr. Gentile has been a frequent presenter at both state and national conferences on a variety of subjects, including injury prevention, occupational therapy leadership and administration. In 2011, she was listed as a Distinguished CUNY Alumnus. Dr. Gentile’s current interests include health care leadership, health advocacy and the impact of social determinants on health and occupation.

Selected Publications

  • James, M.K., Robitsek, J.R., Syed, M.S., Gentile, P.A., Ramos, M., Perez, F. (2018). Clinical and non-clinical factors that predict discharge disposition after a fall. Injury 49(5)
  • James, M., Saghir, M., Victor, M., Gentile, P.A. (2017). Characterization of fall patients: Does age matter? Journal of Safety Research.
  • Chippendale, T., Gentile, P. A. and James, M. K. (2017). Characteristics and consequences of falls among older adult trauma patients: Considerations for injury prevention programs. Aust Occup Ther JDOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12380
  • Chippendale, T., Gentile, P. A., James, M. K., and Melnic, G. (2017) Indoor and outdoor falls among older adult trauma patients: A comparison of patient characteristics, associated factors and outcomes. Geriatr Gerontol Int, 17: 905–912. doi: 10.1111/ggi.12800
  • Gentile, P. A. (2017). Occupational therapy in the perioperative surgical home. OT Practice, 1 (7), p. 22-24.
  • Gentile, P. A. (in press). Documentation of occupational therapy services. In D. Powers- Foltz Gillette & S. Gutman (Eds.) Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction (8th Ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer
  • Youngstrom, M. J. & Gentile, P. A. (2018). Supervision. In B.Schell & G. Gillen (Eds.) Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy (13th Ed.). Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


Leadership in Occupational Therapy

This course explores occupational therapy leadership in complex and diverse health
care environments and integrates leadership theory with practice through topical readings,discussion, and guest presentations. Leadership theory, leadership competencies and the identification of emerging leadership opportunities and the development of a personal leadership philosophy and skills will be emphasized throughout the course.
Course #
OT-GE 2038
Fall, Spring, Summer


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Theoretical Foundations for Intervention

How theoretical information is formulated, refined, tested, and assessed relative to its suitability for use in sets of guidelines for occupational therapy practice.
Course #
OT-GE 2762
Fall, Spring


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